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Sep 16, 2013 Each year, more than 700,000 people are released from our nation’s prisons, but within three years of release, four out of 10 of them end up back in prison because they’ve committed new crimes or violated the terms of their release. One strategy for closing this revolving door is to provide education to inmates while incarcerated so they have the knowledge, training, and skills to support a successful return to their communities. Preparing individuals...

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Sep 11, 2013 In Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent speech to the American Bar Association, he spoke of bipartisan support for sensible sentencing practices and other strategies that stand to “save our country billions of dollars while keeping us safe,” suggesting that we no longer have to choose between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to criminal justice. But that may not be the biggest zero sum game we can put behind us. The choice we no longer have to...

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Sep 9, 2013 Last year, the Vera Institute of Justice’s Family Justice Program wrapped up a multi-year project to develop and pilot family engagement standards for the Performance-based Standards Learning Institute. All juvenile corrections facilities participating in PbS are now collecting information related to family engagement—including a survey of family members twice a year. There are currently 48 facilities across 15 states collecting family surveys with a total...
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Sep 5, 2013 This post originally appeared on the blog of the Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice (CBKB), a Vera project. When U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. spoke to the American Bar Association recently about a range of criminal justice issues, it was his announcement of a change in policies for charging low-level drug offenders that made headlines. As the New York Times explained, Holder has instructed federal prosecutors not to write the...

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Sep 3, 2013 Ten years ago today, President George W. Bush signed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) into law. For the victim advocates, attorneys, and survivors who had been striving for more than two decades to shed light on the issue of sexual abuse behind bars, the passage of PREA was a watershed moment. For the first time in U.S. history, Congress affirmed—unanimously— the duty of correctional agencies to protect incarcerated individuals from sexual abuse and...

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Sep 3, 2013 On Thursday, August 22, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education announced new research findings by the RAND Corporation showing that education in prisons reduces recidivism, is cost effective, and may improve post-release employment outcomes. These findings bode well for the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project (Pathways Project), a five-year national demonstration effort directed by the Vera Institute of Justice, and currently...
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Aug 28, 2013 Just over three years ago, in response to Congress passing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (which reduced the disparities between mandatory crack and powder cocaine sentences and eliminated the five-year mandatory minimum for first-time possession of crack), I wrote a blog post for Vera outlining why this bill was monumental on many fronts. Earlier this month, Attorney General Eric Holder confronted another significant imbalance in the federal justice...
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